London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair: 2018 Trends in Antiques from The Antiques Diva

London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair | Toma Clark Haines | The Antiques Diva

After returning home from Thailand for the holidays – and one last trip to visit my workshop in Bangkok before the launch of the TCH Collection – my first business trip in 2018 will be to London for the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair at ExCel. Whether you are a dealer, collector, interior designer or design lover this Fair is a great way to start the new year with  #DesignInspiration – and add find some truly special pieces. Hope to see you in London! 

Toma Clark Haines The Antiques Diva Day 1 of the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair 12 January 2018 

Toma Clark Haines is The Antiques DivaLondon Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is a new style art and antiques Fair bringing together 100 specialist dealers showcasing over 30,000 unusual and desirable items from classic to contemporary. The fair is an ideal shopping destination for those searching for that perfect piece to add to their collection or simply looking for a statement piece; as well as those on the hunt for items to decorate their home. 

“I’ve made it my mission to make antiques modern, relevant, fun and sexy! The London Fair is leading the way in demonstrating that antiques are for everyone – 

Toma will introduce the Fair to visitors with a walking tour of booths, dealers and special events and speakers : 

 

Friday, January 12 2018 learn more 

    • 12:30-2:30pm
      The Antiques Diva Up Close and Personal Champagne Walking Tour
      Featuring highlights of the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair
      Sign Up for the Walking Tour Here
    • 3:30pm
      Ribbon Cutting and Champagne Toast at Scarab Antiques Booth 
      Scarab Antiques Booth Hosts the Ribbon-Cutting of The TCH Collection – Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry by Toma Clark Haines

2018 Trend Forecast: Trends in Antiques 

I was interviewed by the London Arts & Antiques Fair on what trends in antiques I predict for 2018:

What do you think will prove popular in 2018 when it comes to antiques?
Chinoiserie Chic! I’m picturing pagoda’s popping up everywhere as designers look towards the East for their Global Design Inspiration. More and more Asian antiques are taking places of prominence in peoples as homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. As interiors become more minimal – clean-lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony. I’m seeing – for this same reason –  a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as Empire-style chests of drawers. People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern decor. When thinking how to make antiques modern – it’s all about the mix.  

When thinking how to make antiques modern – it’s all about the mix.  

The future of antiques is brighter than ever before. Whereas antiques use to be all about period rooms for a select few people – today antiques are for everyone. People will use antiques in unexpected ways and in unexpected places –  from chandeliers in the bathroom to 18th-century mirrors in the kitchen. Repurposing and reusing stays en vogue as the green movement becomes de rigeur. Antiques are Green – and as millennials catch the wave of this realization – I predict by the 2020’s antiques will become the next “Ikea” — aka, the go-to choice for first homeowners decorating their space.  

antiques will become the next “Ikea” — aka, the go-to choice for first homeowners

For now – it’s all about function – antique buyers want pieces with purpose. On our buying tours farmhouse and monastery tables continue to be top sellers as will French bergères and guéridons.

Last but not least I believe 2018 is going to be about glamour and drama – it’s the #DivaLifestyle after all. Art will be oversized statement pieces and baby, gilt is coming back. All I want for Christmas is a little NeoClassical glimmer. Happy Noel. 

What tips would you give to a novice antique shopper?
In the words of Nike – Just Do It. First-time antique buyers often hesitate when shopping for antiques because they are afraid. Am I getting the right price? Is it the real deal? MeanwhileHigh Street shoppers tend to do impulse purchases. My advice  – if you love it, if the price is a price you’re willing to pay, just do it. Research has proven our best decisions are made in a blink so when you’re struck dumb by coupe de foudre – love at first sight of that perfect antique – trust your blink and buy what you love.  

Secondly – don’t be afraid to admit what you don’t know. Ask questions. Dealers love to talk about their inventory – and admitting areas where your knowledge is weak allows you the opportunity to bond with the dealer… which might just result in additional discounts. The better relationship you have with your antiques dealer, the better the price becomes.

Third, always, always ask for a discount. An easy softball pitch way to ask the question is, “Is t

What’s best to invest in at this current time do you think?
The best thing to invest in at the moment 16th and 17th-Century Flemish cabinets, cupboards and armoires are priced at an all-timelow. But Baby, brown is coming back! Buy up a piece of history with pedigree pieces and laugh all the way to the bank, as you cash in on your returns in the next decade when the prices on these 300, 400, and 500-year-old pieces return to their proper place in the price pendulum. 

brown is coming back

Meet the Experts 

In addition to myself, the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair features several antiques and interiors experts who also share their trend forecasts:

Mark Hill, BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

Third, always, always ask for a discount. An easy softball pitch way to ask the question is, “Is t

What’s best to invest in at this current time do you think?
The best thing to invest in at the moment 16th and 17th-Century Flemish cabinets, cupboards and armoires are priced at an all-timelow. But Baby, brown is coming back! Buy up a piece of history with pedigree pieces and laugh all the way to the bank, as you cash in on your returns in the next decade when the prices on these 300, 400, and 500-year-old pieces return to their proper place in the price pendulum. 

brown is coming back

Meet the Experts 

In addition to myself, the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair features several antiques and interiors experts who also share their trend forecasts:

Mark Hill, BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

What specialist advice and top tips do you have for anyone looking to source antiques in 2018?

The only rule for 2018 is that all rules are off.  We buy antiques today because they appeal immediately to our eyes and hearts, and then they enrich our minds.  Before, interiors were strictly defined – from the Georgian dining room to the ubiquitous ‘shabby chic’ French…

Joanna Hardy, Independent Jewellery Consultant

What are your anticipated jewellery trends for 2018?

Whatever Meghan wears! Because her engagement ring is made of diamonds there will most likely be a resurgence of diamonds as people do seem to be swayed by what they see those in the public eye wearing.  Also the rise in popularity of pearls.  The royal family…

Judith Miller, BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

What are your anticipated interior trends for 2018?

It’s fair to say that we are still in the lure of 20th-century design, whether it’s mid-century Scandinavian ceramics and glass or Art Deco style.  I’ve noticed that people are undoubtedly becoming more and more confident about combining the old with the new

 

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Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

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